Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Completed project: Shetland triangle shawl

Well, it's finished. Sort of. It's quite a bit smaller than I had hoped it would be, even though I did one extra repeat of the body pattern. The finished dimensions, after blocking, are 49 inches wide by 17 inches long. It also used much less yarn than what the pattern called for. I ordered three balls of yarn and used about 1 and 2/5 balls.


I would really like the shawl to be a little bit larger, about 2-3 body pattern repeats wider. I'm undecided as to whether I should rip out the 14 row edging and add 2-3 more body pattern repeats -or- knit another shawl. But that decision will have to wait until school is finished... right now I have to go back to my craft hiatus (and homework).

Monday, April 16, 2007

WIP: Wheel of Mystery quilt

I've had to cut back a bit on my crafting time due to school projects and out-of-town-visitors, but I did have enough time this week to piece a few blocks of the Wheel of Mystery quilt.


The center of each block is kinda tricky to piece, there's a lot of bulk there and it's difficult to get the curved pieces to line up correctly. But it's worth the effort, I love how the blocks look!!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Completed project: Bell Sleeve Sweater

This weekend I finished my second sweater. The pattern is the "To Dye For" sweater from the Stitch and Bitch book. I used the knitpicks suri dream yarn. The pattern is super simple.


I'm pretty happy with the results. I wish the yarn weren't so fuzzy, but it's very soft and surprisingly warm (thanks to the alpaca fiber, I'm sure) for something that is so airy.

If I knit this pattern again (which I probably will) I'll choose a less fuzzy yarn, make the body a bit longer, the neck line a bit smaller and maybe even knit the body in a slightly smaller size.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

WIP: Shetland Triangle


Progress: 65 rows of body pattern

Right now I'm thinking I bought way too much yarn for this project. The pattern called for about 550 yards of yarn. I bought 3 balls of Knitpicks gloss, each with 220 yards of yarn. I'm 65 rows into the body pattern and I'm still on my first ball-o-yarn. The pattern calls for 80 rows of the body pattern, and I'm almost certain I'll still be on my first ball then. Oh well, better too much yarn than too little, right?

Friday, April 6, 2007

Completed project: small tote bag

This is the small tote bag I made for the goodies pouch swap on swapbot. It arrived at its new home in Canada this week.



I'm really liking the loop closure totes lately. This is the second one I've made so far. I'll be posting a tutorial for them soon.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Knitting: Shetland Triangle WIP


Yarn: Knitpicks gloss - 70% merino 30% silk
Progress: Row 49 of body pattern

I've been working on my Shetland Triangle shawl almost exclusively lately. I love the lace pattern, it's making me never want to knit in plain stockinette stitch again... not a good thing, considering I just ordered enough yarn for 2 Wicked sweaters. I'm "half" done. I'm going on row 50 out of 100, so I've completed half the rows... but since each row gets a little bit longer than the last, I'm not half done stitch-wise. There is still a lot of work to go. I'll definitely have this completed before fall.